Sanctuary Steward: Kathleen Bennet
When arriving at Tai Sophia Institute for the first time, you may wonder about the juxtaposition of a school of holistic healing in a business park. But walk through the doors – and especially the lush garden – and you notice right away that something different is happening there.
Often considered a place of “great energy,” Tai Sophia is a haven for the holistic healing education, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, health and wellness coaching, and transformative leadership
The two jewels of Tai Sophia are the quarter-acre medicinal herb garden and the wild lands of the neighboring Patuxent woodlands and river area.
Its campus is situated among thousands of acres of preserved natural woodlands that surround the middle Patuxent River and lead to the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area. Tai Sophia is proud that their students have the unique opportunity to learn and practice in the midst of Maryland’s natural beauty.
Students and faculty at Tai Sophia have been involved in planting native medicinal plants (American ginseng, black cohosh, goldenseal and Virginia snakeroot) in the adjacent forest, and an array of common botanical remedies in the Institute’s herb garden.
On hot summer days, Tai Sophia students wander in the hardwood forest for a cool retreat from rigorous studies. Often you can see a group of herbal medicine students congregating, laughing, and eating lunch among the many plant allies of the medicinal gardens, fragrant with tempting tastes and colors.
Tai Sophia is grateful to be part of the United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary Network. The Institute has a long-standing commitment to education about “At-Risk” medicinal plants and conservation and is passionate about sharing ecologically important values with students and visitors, alike. For more information visit www.tai.edu.